Wireless Access

  shellship 16:43 13 Jan 2007

We have two desktop machines at home, wirelessly connected via a broadband router and all works well. A friend has a laptop which, at his home, is wirelessly connected to the internet via a broadband router. If he brings his laptop to our house (or indeed to any other with a wireless network) can he access the internet via our router, and if so, how please.

  mgmcc 16:49 13 Jan 2007

He just needs to "Connect" to your wireless network. In other words, run the wireless adapter's software, scan for "Available Wireless Networks", find and highlight the one that matches your router's SSID (network name) and select the option to "Connect" to it. He should be prompted to enter any WEP or WPA encryption key and, once "Connected", the wireless adapter should get its IP address by DHCP from your router and he should have network and internet access. Be aware that, if you have "Shared" folders for transferring files between PCs in your own network, he may have access to these folders, depending on firewall settings.

  shellship 17:31 13 Jan 2007

Thanks. When you say "run the wireless adapter's software" do you mean that on his machine? Sorry to be a thicko.

  mgmcc 17:43 13 Jan 2007

<<< do you mean that on his machine? >>>

Yes. He will either have the adapter's third-party software to connect to wireless networks, or will use the software built into Windows XP SP2, but it is his WiFi adapter that has to find and connect to your router.

  shellship 18:05 13 Jan 2007

Thanks again. Will try it next time. Will post as resolved - hopefully!

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